Lymphedema awareness month is coming to a close just as the weather is finally warming up here in NYC. The trees are starting to bloom and the birds are chirping their springtime song. I’m starting to transition my closet from chunky sweaters to lightweight frocks. Last week, I was wearing my spring coat since it was a warmish day. It was a day that I had to go to the PT to get my lymphatic massage and have my arm bandaged. I always hate having my arm bandaged because I leave with my clothes feeling tighter and ill fitted. I don’t have as much range of motion and I can’t go about life normally. But it’s only for a few hours a week and I can handle that. But this time, in my spring coat, I was feeling extra stuffed in. I could barely bend my arm. Anyway, as I was maneuvering to get my bandaged arm in my coat, I heard a rip. The shoulder had ripped from the seam.
It became apparent that this coat will no longer work for me and neither would any of the spring weight coats I owned. I asked one of the PTs what women do when they need to get wrapped but need a coat and she said that they just wear oversized clothes.
Well…no thank you!!!! I have suffered enough and I am not going to wear some oversized shmata just because I have lymphedema. And so, my quest for a coat that would fit over my bandages began. It wasn’t easy. I eventually found a coat I loved but the pickings were slim. But I wanted to share what I found with all of you so you won’t have to search as hard as me. Let me know if you get any of my recommendations or if you have found something else that you love.